Philippine History

#TheFilipinoDecides2016: PiliPinas Debates 2016 Post-Mortem

Pilipinas Debates 2016 will continue on its second leg on TV5 this Palm Sunday (March 20).

PiliPinas Debates 2016 ended yesterday. How does these debates will each participating network learn and need to learn for the Election Day broadcast in two weeks?

FOR THE PAST two months, you were able to watch at least one of the first COMELEC-organized debate series after 24 years — three (3) presidential and one (1) vice-presidential.

After yesterday’s final leg of the PiliPinas Debates 2016, you already decided who to vote for President and Vice President on May 9 but if not, don’t worry, the Turf says, “Take your time.”

In this post, how did each leg of the debate played out? Will this assessment pose their respective better coverage on Election Day itself? Let’s analyze them in detail.

NOTE: The Turf did not include the Harapan ng Bise on ABS-CBN that happened last April 17 because they’re not organized by COMELEC.



Reviewing the Papal Visit coverage

AS MANY FAITHFUL go back to their normal routines after four days since Pope Francis departed the country, the effect of the visit remains stuck in their minds, mouths and hearts. Not only the faithful got the “Papa Mania” but also the networks. Let’s look back at the five days on how all VHF networks fared in covering the five significant days. (more…)

Remembering Supertyphoon ‘Yolanda’ (Haiyan)

The Philippine flag hoisted above the ruins made by Supertyphoon Yolanda signified the resilience of the people.

The Philippine flag hoisted above the ruins made by Supertyphoon Yolanda signified the resilience of the people.

NOVEMBER 8, 2013. Surely, it will be a date that will never forget in the history of the Philippines.

Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) ravaged Eastern Visayas with 230 km/h winds. The storm cut across the central part of the country westwards, accruing 6,000+ deaths and incurring PHP 89.6 billion in damage.

As we commemorate the anniversary of the strongest storm of this century this weekend, the Turf looked back on how our media of the small screen played their perspectives before, during and after the treacherous natural disaster.


People Power: A Piece of History Netizens Will Rather Forget

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The People Power Revolution is a bloodless revolution between the tyrannical State (the Marcos bust in La Union, destroyed in 2002) and the solidarity Church (the EDSA Shrine built in 1989). Sadly, many Filipino netizens now worshiped Marcos rather than the generous, merciful, compassionate and truthful God.

BOTH 1986 and 2014 begin in the same day of the year. Last February 7, those two years brought significance to the world. In 2014, Sochi commences the world on the 22nd Winter Olympics and in 1986, in our country, a snap election is held.

Focusing on the latter, the snap election’s result became a big outrage due to manipulation of the free people’s votes by the dictator’s stalwarts. Thus, a million people marched to EDSA, where the Camp Crame is located with no lethal weapons but rosaries and roses. For four days, the dictator and his family escaped freely from Malacanang.

This year, I’m sorry to say, most netizens will rather forget this piece of contemporary Philippine history. How did this happen? Such method of “fighting ignorance” includes (1) by ignoring the supposed objective of this peaceful revolution and (2) revising or deleting extremely the 1986 happening in our history books.  The methods are initiated exceptionally by the politically motivated social media scholars (PMSMS) since 2011. (more…)